You guys are cool. The Beard is cool. Your music is cool. Fucking burritos are cool. Not having sex with the burrito, but the other fucking burritos. Please keep making great music and I hope to see you pressed to vinyl one day. Thanks and take care............allan
A haunting, complex sprawl surprisingly confined in four songs, Creature From Dell Pond's new EP Dirty Deli explores the outer edge of rock's limits. It's an incredible maturation of songwriting skills and musical technique, taking on new sounds while maintaining the comical acrobatics of its predecessor, Go Exist.
What immediately stands out is the darker aura, especially on "Dirty Deli" and "The First Thing You Learn in Grammar School." The former is occupied by creeping bass steps and wobbling guitar motifs. Stark structural changes abound, they are wound tight by Noah Lapierre's drumming which later unravels with explosive drum fills. The darkly latter, "Grammar School," brilliantly misleads from a 50's surf-rock beat that displaces into violent dissonance. This further transforms into the slow crawl of the verse and later, a bridge of atonal guitar sparkling over Gordon Pond's purposefully ugly bass chords. The ending is a tremendous, dissonant climax marked further by Lapierre's consistently smart fills. With a spectrum from comical references about food to announcing harrowing survival, Nolan Sullivan manages to create one of the most interesting lyrical atmospheres.
The parenthetical tracks "Brown Bag" and "Octopus Party" are the needed fun and moments of release found on Dirty Deli. "Octopus Party" sounds as such, with Nolan's guitar styling and the group's transitions of speed and time. "Brown Bag" is likely the most immediately accessible track on this reluctantly short record. The riffs are catchy and peppered with memorable jaded lyricism. When each instrument is separated from each other, it is hard to believe that individual styles would fit together. Yet each instrument's unique style unexpectedly combines into something remarkable. It is the second time Creature From Dell Pond stuns their audience. From their first release, Go Exist, they have done so, in the Dirty Deli, creating a brilliant display of art and touching the future.